NSNJ PODCAST: PAY EQUITY IN NEW JERSEY
When President John Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, he referred to the law as a “first step” and acknowledged that “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity.” Over five decades later, progress toward gender pay equity has occurred, although not to a satisfactory degree.
The median earnings of women working full-time, year-round total only 78 percent of men’s median compensation. New Jersey ranks 19th among the states in terms of the wage gap, with females on average earning around $48,000 as compared to about $60,000 for males.
Joining New Start New Jersey for a discussion of policies the state can pursue to advance pay equity is Jessica Milli, Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.